What can I do to stop myself from becoming suicidal again? Facebook Friday!! #KatiFAQ
1. Hi kati. I got out of the hospital today after an overdose earlier this week. Im feeling more stable now but I am scared I am going to go back to that place. What are some things I can do to stop myself from getting suicidal? What are things I can do now to stay in a good place?
2. Kati Morton FAQ: Do you think diagnosis is important? I’ve seen a couple of doctors and psychologists about my anxiety issues and eating disorder. The psychologist I was seeing as well as the doctors all said at some point that I have an eating disorder but didn’t specify, and I think its likely that I do have GAD, EDNOS and depression but I’ve never been officially diagnosed with anything. I don’t really understand why and I find it frustrating and invalidating when I try to see someone new and explain what my issues are because I feel that at first they don’t take me seriously
3. #KatiFAQ i hope i’m not late: how am i supposed to figure out who i am? i’m recovering from an ed, i used anorexia to create my identity because i was afraid of living without one. now i’m not using my ed behaviours anymore and i’m starting university in october but i still feel lost. i can’t be confident being myself if i don’t have identity
Journal Topic: (thanks Megan!!)
Journal topic idea: there’s a song in the musical ‘Rent’ for which the lyrics go “There’s only us, there’s only this, forget regret, or life is yours to miss” I guess it’s just about accepting your reality so that you can enjoy life. A lot of times when I’ve been in a rut, this song has made me realize that hating where I’m at or ruminating on things that are in the past isn’t going to do anything and it’s time to move forward because otherwise I’ll miss out on the good times
Become friends with people who aren’t your age. Hang out with people whose first language isn’t the same as yours. Get to know someone who doesn’t come from your social class. This is how you see the world. This is how you grow.
Anonymous asked: #KatiFAQ Is it fair for someone to blame their parents for their ED? I feel like my parents were too controlling of me growing up and maybe even a bit emotionally abusive. I often find myself wanting to relapse when they upset me, as if to get my revenge.
Thanks for your question honey! I will talk about this today :) xoxo
Anonymous asked: #katifaq I recently went to therapy for the first time and my therapist diagnosed me with Mixed Bipolar, anxiety and potential BPD but wants to wait a few more sessions does most therapist's do this or is it in his case
Most do do that honey.. because it gives us more time with you to make sure we are giving you the proper diagnosis for what you are struggling with. I actually prefer to take my time with that as well :) xoxo
Anonymous asked: #katifaq hi kati hope you are well. I was wondering can DBT be helpful without group therapy? Would you still suggest it even if theres no choice (i mean in groups)
It definitely can honey!! It is best with the group, but if that’s not available you can still benefit a lot from DBT therapy :) There is a lot of homework associated with it, so just make sure you are making time for that as well :) xoxo
Anonymous asked: #KatiFAQ Earlier this week I came across the term Anorexia Athletica and was just wondering if this is a separate eating disorder listed in the DSM V and if people are actually diagnosed with it these days. Thanks!
No it is not a real term used in the mental health field… there are many terms people throw around to describe different peoples situations (like pregorexia or orthorexia) neither of which are actual DSM diagnosis. Other than feeding disorders we still only have Anorexia, Bulimia, EDNOS and Binge Eating Disorder. xoxo
Anonymous asked: #KatiFAQ Are mental health disorders ever your own fault?
I don’t believe so… the only thing that becomes our own fault it staying in it and not seeking any help. Many disorders are caused by our genetics or things that have happened to us in the past… neither of which we have any control over. You know? xoxo
Anonymous asked: #KatiFAQ Hi Kati... Even though I am 19, I'm still scared to get help for my ED because I know I will have to have labwork done that will be billed to my insurance, which is under my parents' name. I know everything would be confidential, but they would still find out that when they see the insurance bill. Is there any way around this?
When you go to get the lab work done, and when you fill everything out, speak to the nurse and ensure that all correspondence is sent to you and not your parents. They will not get the bill (if there is one) then… you would receive it :) I hope that helps!! xoxo